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How to watch the U.S. Open golf tournament

Bryson DeChambeau 2021 U.S. Open
Defending U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau during a practice round at the 2021 U.S. Open. (Image credit: Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The 121st U.S. Open golf championship tees off on Thursday, June 17, from beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, Calif. NBC has hosting duties for the third major championship in the 2021 PGA Tour season, and because of the west coast locale that will include primetime broadcast coverage.

The entirety of NBC's four-day coverage of the U.S. Open will take place across NBC, the Golf Channel and NBCUniversal's Peacock streaming service. Read below to get a full breakdown of NBC's U.S. Open broadcast schedule and how to tune in for all the action.

How to watch the U.S. Open golf tournament

U.S. Open Golf TV Schedule

All times listed in Eastern time

Thursday, June 17: 

• Peacock from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• The Golf Channel from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 

• NBC from 7 to 10 p.m. 

• Peacock from 10 to 11 p.m. 

Friday, June. 18:

• The Golf Channel from 8 to 10 a.m. 

• Peacock from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

• The Golf Channel from 12:30 to 6 p.m. 

• NBC  from 6 to 9 p.m. 

• The Golf Channel from 9 to 10 p.m. 

• Peacock from 10 to 11 p.m. 

Saturday, June 19:

• The Golf Channel from 8 to 11 a.m.  

• NBC from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

• The Golf Channel from 9 to 11 p.m.

Sunday, June 20:

• The Golf Channel from 8 a.m. to noon

• NBC from noon to 8 p.m.

• The Golf Channel from 8 to 10 p.m. 

Coverage of all four-days of U.S. Open action will be available on different channels at different times each day. We've organized the entire broadcast schedule across NBC's platforms for you just to the right.

Now that your calendars are updated, here's how you can access the channels you'll need. 

Peacock's exclusive coverage of the U.S. Open on June 17 and 18 will be available for free on the streaming service, with no subscription needed. In addition, Peacock will stream live coverage of featured groups and specific holes throughout the tournament. However, if you want to watch The Golf Channel's coverage of the tournament on Peacock, subscriptions to Peacock Premium, which start at $4.99 per month, are needed. When NBC is hosting coverage, Peacock will only have its featured groups and holes available.

The Golf Channel is a cable network, put it is also included on many streaming platforms as well, including Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, FuboTV and YouTube TV

The NBC coverage of the U.S. Open will be on your local NBC channel, which is available in any basic cable package or through a TV antenna. If you have cut the cord, NBC is also readily available on the same streaming platforms that the Golf Channel is on. 

U.S. Open golf tournament preview

After the pandemic-shifted 2020 PGA Tour season that saw the U.S. Open take place in September, the 121st U.S. Open golf championship returns to its usual Father's Day weekend spot. This year also marks the first time that the U.S. Open has been played at Torrey Pines since Tiger Woods' historic win in 2008.

Bryson DeChambeau arrives at Torrey Pines as the defending U.S. Open champion, where he will try and overpower the course with his now signature monster drives. However, DeChambeau has been making headlines leading up to the tournament for an ongoing beef with fellow former U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka. The two will not be paired together on Thursday or Friday, but if it works out that they would play together on the weekend it could be must-watch TV.

As the third major of the 2021 PGA Tour season, the U.S. Open also welcomes the 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama and PGA Championship winner Phil Mickelson. Both are coming off historic major victories  — Matsuyama being the first Asian player to win the Masters, and Mickelson, who will turn 51 on June 16, for being the oldest player to win a major championship.

Mickelson is also looking to complete the career grand slam (winning all four major championships) with the elusive U.S. Open, where he has finished second six times. Torrey Pines would be extra sweet, as it is a homecoming for the southern California native.

Other big names to watch include Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele and Colin Morikawa.

For group pairings and tee times, visit the PGA Tour website.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a D.C.-based entertainment writer and content producer for What to Watch. He previously has written for TV Technology and Awards Circuit.